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Cape Town

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Vicki Tester

 

Angie recently visited South Africa and loved Cape Town – below are her thoughts about the city and just some of the reasons to go there. With current exchange rates, South Africa offers fantastic value for money, so there’s never been a better time to plan your South Africa holiday. 

With little time difference, no jetlag, and direct flights offered from the UK, a visit to Cape Town can be the start of your South African adventure, or a stand alone destination from which to explore. Of an evening, meander the bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – home to a number of great restaurants, and a large shopping centre. The skyline is dominated by iconic Table Mountain, and no visit to the city is complete without a visit to the top – either by revolving cable car or for the more active, a strenuous but beautifully scenic climb.

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Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Another iconic attraction in the city is a visit to Robben Island. Originally home to a leper colony, the island’s more recent history is as a home to a prison housing political and criminal prisoners until its closure in 1996. It’s most famous inmate was Nelson Mandela who served 18 of his 27 years there. The island is reached by scenic cruise, providing fantastic views back to the city and Table Mountain. Part of the island tour is conducted by former political prisoners, giving a fascinating insight into life in the prison.

Outside of the city centre, take time to explore the Cape Peninsula with a hire car, or self drive if you prefer. The spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive is a 9km road that hugs the coastline, offering dramatic scenery around every bend. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point – perhaps taking the ‘Flying Dutchman’ funicular railway to the Cape Point Lighthouse. Boulders Beach is a must to see the African Penguins, and from Simons Town, a trip out to SealIsland is popular.

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Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Further afield from Cape Town consider visiting Hermanus for its whale watching, or Franschhoek for its winelands and gourmet restaurants. Hire a car and drive the Garden Route, before finishing your trip with a safari on the Eastern Cape.

For more information about Cape Town and South Africa, and how a bespoke, tailor made holiday to this fascinating country might take shape, please call our office on 01323 446550 or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.



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